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UTSC welcomes new Canadians at citizenship ceremony

Sixty new Canadians were welcomed at UTSC in a special citizenship ceremoney during Citizenship Week

UTSC proudly welcomed sixty new Canadians at a special citizenship ceremony on October 18.

Co-hosted with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the swearing-in ceremony was held in front of family, friends and dignitaries in the Meeting Place. The morning event was part of this year’s Citizenship Week, taking place October 18 to 24.


Citizenship Judge and UTSC alumnus Normand Allaire (BSc 1978, MHSc 1980) presided over the occasion. In his opening statements he recalled his family’s immigration and the discovery of their secret Métis past. Then looking around the room, Allaire reminded the crowd “We are all equals under the law.”

UTSC’s Dean of Student Affairs Desmond Pouyat and Parliamentary Assistant for Pickering Scarborough-East Scott Maxwell also addressed the gathering.

Congratulations go out to UTSC Alumni Association president Vinitha Gengatharan (BA 1999) and distinguished alumna Dr. Mary Ann Chambers (BA 1988, HBA 2003, Honourary PhD 2010) who also reaffirmed their citizenships that day.

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